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Master of Science in Accounting (MS), University of Colorado Denver Business School (CU Denver)

Business School, University of Colorado Denver
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Degree Requirements | MS in Accounting


The Master of Science in Accounting is a 30 credit hour degree with the potential of an additional nine credit hours of accounting prerequisite coursework and six credit hours of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) coursework.  Upon admission, an academic advisor will review prior transcripts to determine possible waivers for these accounting prerequisite and CBK courses.  A comprehensive exam is not required to complete the MS in Accounting degree.  Please see below for an outline of the degree:

Prerequisite courses*

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Management Accounting

*An advisor will review prior transcripts for possible waivers.  If not waived from the accounting prerequisite courses, students can take these courses when starting this degree; students are not required to take these classes before being admitted to the program.

Common Body of Knowledge courses*

  • Data Analysis for Managers
  • Applied Economics for Managers

*An advisor will review prior transcripts for possible waivers.  If not waived from the CBK courses, students can take these courses when starting this degree; students are not required to take these classes before being admitted to the program.

Accounting Core*

  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • Accounting Systems & Data Processing
  • Auditing
  • Tax Planning for Managers

*An advisor will review prior transcripts for possible core course substitutions.  

Accounting Capstone

Students will have one seminar in Financial Accounting and one seminar in Managerial Accounting

Accounting Electives

Students will select two accounting electives.  Students may use these electives to apply towards an optional specialization.

Free Electives

Students will select two graduate Business free electives.  Students may use these electives to apply towards an optional specialization.


Optional Specializations

The auditing and forensic accounting specialization is intended for students who want to begin or expand their careers as external auditors in public accounting, internal auditors in private accounting or auditors in government. The curriculum includes fraud examination, forensic accounting, basic audit techniques and U.S. GAAP and international financial reporting standards and practices which includes consolidated financial reporting for multinational​ corporations. Emphasis is placed on acquiring relevant knowledge and on research and analytical skills.

This specialization can be completed with four elective courses. Learn more.

The Controllership/Chief Financial Officer specialization is intended for students who want to expand or begin their careers in industry, government, or nonprofit accounting. The curriculum includes financial reporting and analysis, with concentrations on U.S. GAAP and international financial reporting standards and practices, including consolidated financial reporting for multinational corporations, industry specializations such as oil and gas and government and nonprofit accounting. Emphasis is placed on acquiring relevant knowledge and on research and analytical skills.

This specialization can be completed with four elective courses. Learn more.

Information Systems Audit Control gives you specialized knowledge of:

  • business-process management and security
  • the strategies for integrating governance and compliance
  • the IT organization's financial and business intelligence services

This specialization is specific and contains changes to the original Accounting requirements. Please see an advisor for details on AISAAC Specialization degree plan​. Learn more.

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